There was a major bad news that the main goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabaab) was “injured out” in the Clinsman team, which is trying to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years.
The Korea Football Association said on the 19th that Kim Seung-gyu was lifted from the national team call-up after suffering a ruptured right cruciate ligament.
According to the Korea Football Association, Kim injured his right knee while playing an in-house game during training the previous day. Later, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
A national team official said, “Kim Seung-gyu’s family is currently in Qatar, so he will return home after discussion.”
As a result, Klinsmann will play the remainder of the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar with Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan) and Song Bum-keun (Shonan Belmare) and two goalkeepers.
Kim Seung-gyu has been an undisputed starting goalkeeper for the national team since the days of former coach Paulo Bento.
Even after Jürgen Klinsmann’s appointment as head coach, Kim Seung-gyu remained solid. He kept the national team’s goal in 10 out of 12 A matches from the match against Colombia in March last year, when he made his debut, to the match against Bahrain in the first Asian Cup. Kim Seung-gyu’s absence from the battle line is a serious negative factor for the national team.
Cho Hyun-woo, the “second goallie,” is expected to serve as the goalkeeper. Cho played as the mainstay in two matches at the Clinsmann team, against Uruguay in March last year and against Vietnam in October last year.
It is fortunate that Cho Hyun-woo has a “big stage” experience, such as playing as the main goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.